Linda Pearson: If the Scottish Government are serious about defence diversification they have to prove it
Writer and activist Linda Pearson analyses the ways in which the arms industry takes advantage of Scottish Government support to further its ends, and says that if defence diversification is more than a soundbite the First Minister must detail a plan for how she is going to implement such a strategy
THE Scottish Government’s support for the arms industry has come under renewed scrutiny.
Revealed: Saudi pilots trained by the RAF in Wales
14 million on verge of famine in Yemen primarily due to Saudi bombing
A WRITTEN question to the UK Government has revealed that Saudi pilots are being trained at RAF Valley in Wales.
Saudi Arabia is currently engaged in a bombing campaign of Yemen which NGOs have said is primarily responsible for “the worst humanitarian crisis in the world”. UN Aid Chief Mark Lowcock told the UN Security Council last week that the country was on the verge of the worst famine in 100 years, with 14 million on the verge of starvation.
‘Condemnation will not do’: SNP’s Iain Blackford challenges May over Saudi arms sales at PMQs
Scottish Greens MSP Ross Greer accused the SNP of “rank hypocrisy”
IAN BLACKFORD, SNP leader at Westminster, today [24 October] challenged Theresa May at Prime Minister’s Questions over Britain’s arms sales to Saudi Arabia.
Britain’s close commercial relationship with the despotic Saudi regime has come under intense scrutiny in the wake of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Instanbul two-weeks ago.
Analysis: The Saudis are vulnerable and Yemen is on the brink of famine - it’s time to march
CommonSpace editor Ben Wray argues that there may never be a more important moment to demonstrate against the UK’s complicity in the Saudi bombing of Yemen than now
AMID the noise over the Jamal Khashoggi killing, the UN aid chief Mark Lowcock’s words to the UN Security Council on Tuesday hardly got noticed.
But they couldn’t have been more alarming.
“There is now a clear and present danger of an imminent and great big famine engulfing Yemen: much bigger than anything any professional in this field has seen during their working lives,” he said.
Belgium has suspended arms sales to Saudi Arabia – human rights campaigners say UK must do the same
A ruling in Belgium has cancelled arms sale licences to Saudi Arabia over concerns they would not be used for ‘self-defence’
FOLLOWING A Belgian judicial body’s decision to suspend the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia, UK-based campaigners say it’s time for Theresa May’s government to follow suit with a human rights based approach.
As famine threatens Yemen following Saudi offensive on Hodeidah, campaigners demand UK ends its complicity
Ahead of new Amnesty report on humanitarian crisis in Yemen, former cabinet secretary says that the UK Government is “on the side of the perpetrator”
AS the Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen continues its assault on the rebel-held port city of Hodeidah, the UK Government faces fresh pressure to end its complicity in the conflict and cease UK arms to Saudi Arabia.
Andrew Smith: It’s time to sink Glasgow’s council-sponsored arms fair
Andrew Smith, spokesperson for Campaign Against Arms Trade (@CAATUK), says Glasgow’s hosting of the Underwater Defence Technology Conference on 26 June betrays previous sentiment from Glasgow City Council in support of peace, and calls on Glaswegians to join the protest against it
IN AUGUST 2014 Glasgow City Council hit the headlines for its bold decision to fly the Palestinian flag in solidarity with those affected by the terrible Israeli bombardment that was taking place.
Revealed: Israeli weaponry used in Gaza blockade to be showcased at Glasgow council-sponsored arms fair
Millitary equipment which helps to maintain the Gaza blockade will be exhibited at Glasgow's very own arms fair later this month
THE manufacturer of an underwater detection system which helps to maintain the Gaza blockade will be exhibited at an arms fair in Glasgow this month, which is controversially backed by the SNP-led City Council.
Campaigners have slammed the ccouncil for supporting the event, previously dubbed a "carnival of militarism", which will take place at the SEC from 26 to 28 June.
‘The ball will not be stained with Palestinian blood’: Argentina cancel pre-world cup match in Israel
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to visit the UK today [6 June]
THE Argentinian national football team have cancelled a football match with Israel scheduled to be played in Jerusalem, under pressure from campaigners at home and abroad after over 120 people in Gaza have been killed by Israeli forces in the last two months.